Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Huawei Reports 2004 Sales of US$5.58 Billion

Huawei Technologies reported global sales for 2004 reached US$5.58 billion, representing a 45% growth from a year ago, and recorded a new sales target in the company's 17-year history. Huawei cited strong growth in its international sales, which contributed 117% percent growth from US$1.05 billion in 2003 to US$2.28 billion in 2004. Sales from the domestic China market continued at an 18% increase from US$2.78 billion in 2003 to US$3.3 billion in 2004.

Huawei continues to see achievements from its international market expansion plans to increase its global presence and drive sales in overseas markets. Notably the company has expanded its presence in the Southern Africa, Europe and Latin America regions, and is maintaining its growth momentum in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.

CMTS Completes Hitless CMTS Software Upgrade with Arris

Comcast successfully performed multiple hitless software upgrades of its installed base of ARRIS Cadant C4 Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTSs). The companies said a "hitless upgrade" has been an important goal within the industry for some time.

China Telecom Taps Alcatel for Optical Backbone

China Telecom awarded a multimillion dollar contract to Alcatel Shanghai Bell deploy an optical backbone network spanning 2,300 km across the southeastern part of China. The new transport infrastructure will provide connectivity for the ChinaNet2 (CN2) network.

The new optical backbone network will link seven Chinese cites and will be composed of two main transmission lines: one spanning from Shanghai to Guangzhou through Changsha and the other one connecting Shanghai to Xuzhou, via Chongming, Nantong and Lianyungang.
  • In September 2004, it was announced that China Telecom will deploy Nortel Networks Optical Long Haul 1600 Optical Line Systems to expand its optical backbone networks in the cities of Wuhan, Guangzhou, Changsha, Fuzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu.

Alcatel Targets FTTU at New Home Builders

Alcatel has formed an alliance with Road 9, a broadband solutions consulting company, to serve the growing FTTU market for new home construction throughout the US. Alcatel will work with Road 9 to design advanced FTTU networks which will be deployed in new homes using the Alcatel 7340 FTTU platform. Alcatel has multiple FTTU deployments in North America and has been involved in several FTTU field trials with operators in the Asia Pacific region as well.

National LambdaRail Employ's WilTel OC-192

National LambdaRail, a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, is using WilTel Communications' OC-192 Optical services to complete their nationwide network. NLR's services will support both application-level and networking-level experiments and serve diverse communities of computational scientists, distributed systems researchers and networking researchers.
  • In August 2004, WilTel was selected as one of only six vendors to provide Internet services to The Quilt, a coalition of more than 20 regional research and networking organizations that serve more than 100 member universities and research organizations. The company is also a member of Internet2, a consortium led by 207 universities that works in partnership with the telecom industry and the government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies.

ECI Telecom Suppliers Optical Gear to Bharti

ECI Telecom announced a contract valued at $10 million for deploying hundreds of its XDM-100 optical platforms to Bharti Infotel, a unit of Bharti Tele-Ventures, one of the largest telecommunications companies in India. The optical network spans 15,000 kilometers, connecting India's major cities. The installation has been successfully completed and ECI has received Bharti's acceptance and commissioning certificate.

ECI's XDM converges intelligent optical networking capabilities with advanced data functionality including Ethernet Layer 2, SDH/SONET, CWDM and DWDM.

Covad Tests Line-Powered Voice Access from Zhone, Nokia

Covad Communications will begin testing line-powered DSLAMs from Nokia and Zhone Technologies. The Nokia and Zhone DSLAMs and line cards enable line-powered voice access by taking the analog voice signal from a customer's basic telephone and converting it into digital form at the Covad central office where the DSLAM is located. The digital signal is then transported over Covad's nationwide facilities-based broadband network and connected to any telephone on a VoIP network or the PSTN. Covad said that unlike DSL broadband service, line-powered voice access is not distance sensitive. That means Covad's nationwide network will, in the future, be able to serve 40% more customers with basic voice services in the current Covad footprint.

Skype Signs Marketing Deal in Japan with Buffalo

Skype Technologies signed a marketing agreement in Japan with Buffalo Inc. The companies will co-brand Skype's Internet telephony software in Japanese as Buffalo-Skype, and to market a series of headsets and microphone products optimized for Skype.
Buffalo is a Japanese networking and peripheral company.
  • In October 2004, TOM Online launched a co-branded TOM-Skype service in China. TOM Online operates one of the most successful Internet portals in China. The company provides a range of services such as SMS, MMS and WAP, and is the largest player of wireless interactive voice response services (IVR services).

Softbank BB Adopts Cisco Catalyst 6500 in its POPs

Softbank BB is deploying Cisco Systems' Catalyst 6500 intelligent multilayer modular switches to support the deployment of new services in Japan offered under the "Yahoo! BB" brand. The Catalyst 6500 switch with the Supervisor 720 was installed at Softbank's PoPs to enable Ethernet access aggregation and advanced network services such as multicasting. The switches offer 10GbE aggregation and scalable hardware services, including multicast.

This follows an earlier announcement in December 2004 that Softbank BB will deploy the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System into its backbone.
  • In December, Cisco Systems announced that Softbank BB is deploying its CRS-1 Carrier Routing System into its backbone.

  • As of the end of November 2004, the number of Yahoo! BB lines installed was 4.6 million. The number of BB phone users was 4.35 million. The company had 3,937 central offices wired for service.